By Amanda Box, N.D.
At just 19 years old, I had been working at the local health food store for just a couple of months. I absolutely loved working there and was absorbing everything like a sponge. I knew even then, that this was the path I was supposed to head down for my career. This was where “true health” resided. Not at the bottom of a diet coke can or a box of low fat cookies.
I remember when we had a special guest named Pam come and speak to the staff. I sat there inquisitively, taking in everything she had to say. I was intrigued and wanted to know how she went from sick to well using only natural foods and products.
She started by saying, “I had Lupus. My doctors gave me no hope for relief and my symptoms continued to worsen. But, then my friend from California told me about natural medicine. I connected with a Naturopath who helped me make dramatic changes in my life and health. Now I have been Lupus free for over 5 years!”
I didn’t even know what Lupus was at the time. I had never heard of it! But, once she described her symptoms and elaborated on how miserable they made her life, I knew how serious it was. Her symptoms, were typical of Lupus. She battled with:
- Painful joints
- Extreme fatigue
- Rashes and dry skin, especially on her face
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
The passion with which she spoke gave me confirmation, even as a young 19 year old, that natural remedies work! Many of the remedies she spoke of, I remember to this day and will be included in this article. If you suffer from Lupus, fear not! Wellness is just a few steps away!
A Clean Start
The first thing Pam did to beat her Lupus was to cleanse and detoxify her body. Many times autoimmune disorders are birthed out of an accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body. Many toxins, like the ones in our environment, are virtually unavoidable. We eat, breath, and sleep amongst them every single day. There is:
- Mold in the air breathe…
- BPA in many of the plastics we drink and eat from…
- And fluoride and chlorine in the water we drink…
- These toxins are linked to allergies, birth defects and even cancer.
Everyone’s body is different and some of us process toxins out of our body’s much easier and more efficiently than others. However, there are some whose body’s become bombarded from the accumulation of toxins and disease results, such as Lupus.
Pretty much anyone could benefit from a fresh start, whether you have an autoimmune disorder or not! I recommend it to nearly to all my clients. Cleansing and detoxification facilitates the removal of the accumulated toxic waste in our bodies. It is a foundational principle in Naturopathic Medicine and has been practiced for centuries!
The main organs you want to focus on cleansing are the colon and the liver. These are the two primary organs that deal with the processing and removal of waste from the body. Once accumulated toxins are cleansed from the colon and liver, then your body can better focus on healing and repairing itself. As a result, you will naturally decrease inflammation in the body and prevent further tissue damage from in the joint, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain. Your body can then take full advantage of healing itself.
When detoxing, always begin by cleansing
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